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hi, my sheep gave birth to a little lamb.. he is tiny... he is up walking.. but is shivering and he had no teeth yet...?? i know with goats if the dont have teeth they are prem.
this little guy seems to have no intrest to feed... all my newborn goats have been guts.. sucked on my finger arm whatever they could get close to.. the mother is being protective... and keeps licking him..
any ideas??
 

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sounds like a premie. Can you give him some BoSe or selenium e gel? that will boost his sucking reflex. I had a premie this year and I had to syringe feed her through the night till she was able to nurse the next morning.

He needs colostrum in the first 12 hours to have a good chance at life.

Thats great the mom is mothering him, but she is going ot need help if he doesn't learn to suck on his own.

You may even have to tube feed him the colostrum
 

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Sounds like he is very cold. Try rubbing him with a towel and dry him off completely. Do you have any goat colostrum or can you milk mom at all?

How long ago was he born?

If you want I can PM you my phone number - I have American Blackbelly sheep.

Allison
 

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Yep Di, I was wondering the same thing? Have you give the little one some Nutra Drench? That gets in the blood stream in minutes. Have you tried to tickle the tail head on the baby? That help them start sucking.

Let us know how the baby is doing.
 

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i all. after about 2 hours he started feeding... yay. poor little guy is the smallest thing. i will take a pic later for yous.
Im in australia.. btw. thanks to all of you.
 
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